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Margie Orford elected to board of PEN International

South African writer and PEN SA President Margie Orford has been elected to the international board of PEN International. She follows the South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer who was appointed Vice President of PEN International, a position she held until her death. Orford is well known as journo who has written for The Guardian, […]

Jalada’s Afrofuture anthology is coming; be afraid, be very afraid
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Jalada’s Afrofuture anthology is coming; be afraid, be very afraid

Jalada’s Afrofuture anthology: Jalada Africa has announced that their newest anthology with the “Afrofuture” theme will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public on January 2015. They have given a sneak peak of the anthology with a non-fiction piece on visual artist Wangechi Mutu and her career by Binyanvanga Wainaina. The hottest new thing in the […]

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Somali author Diriye Osman wins Polaris Prize 2014

Somali author Diriye Osman has become the first African to win the Polari First Book Prize for his collection of short stories entitled Fairytales for Lost Children. So who is this Osman? He is a Somali-British short story writer, essayist, critic and visual artist who insists that we write our own stories. His writing has […]

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Fare thee well Dr Ali Mazrui

Dr Ali Mazrui is dead. The good doctor who had been unwell died in the US earlier today and shall be flow back home to be buried in his beloved continent. Daktari who was born in Mombasa, Kenya was an academic, professor, and political writer on African and Islamic studies and North-South relations. He was […]

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French author Patrick Mondiano wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

French author Patrick Mondiano is the author of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature for 2014. We specialise in African literature here at JamesMurua.com and we were pining for our Ngugi Wa Thiong’o who had been said to be in the running this year. Again. It was not to be. Again. So who is this […]

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Sam Ukala is Nigeria Literature Prize 2014 winner

Sam Ukala with hi book IREDI WAR is the winner of the 2014 Nigeria Literature Prize. After many weeks of build up of the richest prize in African literature, US$100,000 which isn’t too shabby, we got a winner. Ukala beat other shortlistees Friday John Abba (Alekwu Night Dance) and Jude Idada (Oduduwa, King of the […]

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Cameroon writer Imbolo Mbue signs million dollar deal

Cameroon writer Imbolo Mbue has signed a seven figure dollar deal for her new book The Longings of Jende Jonga with publisher Random House taking its North American rights at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The book agent who signed the deal on behalf of the author is Susan Golomb. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one […]